Tech Moves: PicMonkey adds to C-suite; RealNetworks hires exec for facial recognition team; and more

Pearl Chan. (NetMotion Photo)

Seattle-based graphic design and photo editing platform PicMonkey appointed Pearl Chan as chief financial officer and Judith McGarry as chief marketing officer.

Chan previously held finance leadership roles at NetMotion Software, Cheezburger, Isilon Systems and other firms.

“I’ve spent most of my career igniting growth in tech companies. I believe PicMonkey has all the key fundamentals in place to extend our leadership position,” Chan said in a statement.

Judith McGarry. (Judith McGarry Photo via LinkedIn)

McGarry previously led marketing at online domain name registry firm Donuts and was vice president of corporate communications at tax software company Avalara before that.

“PicMonkey is a home run in the making, which is why I am thrilled to lead marketing efforts,” said McGarry. “We have a large and growing base of subscribers, a terrific product and a talented team. I look forward to helping drive the company to even more growth and success.”

Jay Burrell. (RealNetworks Photo)

RealNetworks, a Seattle company best known as an early pioneer of streaming media, hired Jay Burrell as chief revenue officer for computer vision, where he’ll lead the sales and business developments for the company’s facial recognition platform, SAFR. Burrell was previously general manager of digital technology at GE Healthcare and was a global VP at IBM Cloud prior to that.

SAFR’s technology can recognize faces in real time and replace security measures such as key cards in some situations.

“SAFR has already shown real market leadership with its performance and accuracy, but this is just the beginning. I have been following RealNetworks for some time, and the opportunity to be part of the recreation of an industry icon is exactly what a technology executive dreams of,” Burrell said in a statement.

Jerry Chase. (Orion Industries Photo)

— Employment nonprofit Orion Industries CEO John Theisen is retiring after 18 years and will hand the reins to Jerry Chase. Chase is the former CEO of industrial IoT provider Bsquare.

“It was my duty to ensure Orion’s legacy was in good hands before I retired. Through our extensive search, we found that Jerry’s proven track record, valuable business experience and passion and respect for our social mission, makes him a great fit for the organization,” Theisen said in a statement.

“John and the Orion team have created a social enterprise that is self-sustaining and wildly impactful. My vision is to protect, grow, and replicate this model in other companies and communities while preserving its focus on social impact,” Chase said.

Ted Ladd. (Ted Ladd Photo)

Ted Ladd signed on with Google Cloud to lead the division’s go-to-market public relations efforts in various industries, as well as partnerships and customer storytelling. Ladd previously led corporate communications for Stripe and held senior communications roles at Salesforce, Microsoft and Gateway.

“It’s still early days in cloud computing — with many studies showing that less than half of workloads are currently in the cloud. Google’s technology is top-notch, and I’m excited to have a front-row seat as the company invests more in its go-to-market approach to grow its share of the cloud market,” Ladd told GeekWire in an email.

Ladd will report to Jane Hynes, senior director of global communications for Google Cloud.

— Former Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene and longtime Google CEO Eric Schmidt left Alphabet’s board of directors. Robin Washington, chief financial officer at Gilead Sciences, will join the board.

— PitchBook COO Rob Diefendorf was appointed to the board of directors at the Seattle Police Foundation, a nonprofit that supports the Seattle Police Department.

“At the accelerated pace Seattle is growing, it’s extremely important to me, as well as PitchBook’s workforce, that we’re investing both time and resources into initiatives that have proven to positively address the social issues in our community,” Diefendorf said in a statement.

Pacific Market International, the maker of Stanley thermoses, appointed Brent Denniston as chief supply chain officer. Denniston spent 14 years at Starbucks in senior manufacturing and supply chain roles.

The company also hired Kelsey Singleton as director of people. Singleton was most recently with Amazon’s global talent management team.